RE: [asa] ID/Miracles/Design (Behe vs. Behe)

From: Dick Fischer <>
Date: Sun Apr 26 2009 - 21:07:59 EDT

Dear Cameron:


Typical creationist reaction. When your argument holds no water you
demonize your opponent. I raise counter arguments, you insult my character.
I've see it all before. You're no different than your predecessors, Morris,
Whitcomb, Gish, Humphreys, Gentry, Ham, etc.


Let's see, of your list I've read Bacon, Aquinas, Augustine, Darwin, and
Gould. Interesting you'd include atheists Sagan, Dawkins and Russell.
Strange list of notables. I can readily see you've read Behe, Dembski and
Wells. That is apparent from your arguments. What happened to Johnson?
Didn't read him or are you ashamed to admit it? My reading list runs more
to archaeologists, Genesis commentary and a few others I'm sure you have
read: Francis Collins, Miller (both Ken and Keith), J. P. Moreland, Richard
Leakey, Donald Johanson, John Haught, Alister McGrath, Richard Colling, Ron
Numbers, Holmes Rolston III, Davis Young, Bernard Ramm and Jon Entine. But
my reading list or your reading list is not the issue here.


Let's stick to the issue, shall we? Does God (let's just name the Creator
and not hide behind ID propaganda to include aliens and spaghetti monsters)
leave telltale signs of divine activity in the various life forms we have
available for study? To date no one has found any. So the answer is we
have no evidence that God manipulates DNA. A scientific theory requires
data and evidence. ID has none. Will it come up with some? Maybe. If it
does put it on the table. Until then keep ID arguments confined to
philosophical discussions and out of science classrooms.


Do we have evidence that God does not manipulate DNA? Well, we humans have
over 3,000 genetic diseases caused by genetic defects. If God was active in
some way at the introduction of the flagellum, for example, what was he
doing when Huntington's Disease entered the world, or Down's Syndrome, or
any of the other thousands of genetic diseases we have plaguing mankind
today? What you want to do is credit the great Designer for the successes
while ignoring the failures. You want to tout the "camera eye" as evidence
of design yet totally ignore that the human eye is wired backwards, that
over 40 different "designs" are used in various creatures, and fish have
been found in caves that have lost their eyes altogether.


Simply put, ID like all other creationist arguments is dishonest. Another
hallmark of all creationist arguments.


Now, I don't doubt the sincerity of any of your kind. If you can prove the
Creator exists maybe you can persuade some non-believers into accepting the
faith and after they die and get to heaven if they then see the flaws in
your arguments - who cares? You did him a service.


On the other hand, Jesus said he was the "truth, the way and the light." So
let's stick to that and speak the truth, don't act like you don't know it.


For my publications, there is PSCF, Teachers of Vision, Cosmic Pursuit and
The Washington Post. As for books, start with this one.


Dick Fischer, author, lecturer

Historical Genesis from Adam to Abraham




-----Original Message-----
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Sent: Sunday, April 26, 2009 4:35 PM
Subject: Re: [asa] ID/Miracles/Design (Behe vs. Behe)



You do not understand the meaning of "chance". I chalk this up to your
apparent unfamiliarity with the history of philosophical discussions about
nature. The "false dichotomy" I've set up between design and chance is
agreed upon by Lucretius, Plato, Aristotle, Cicero, Hobbes, Bacon, Aquinas,
Augustine, Darwin, Bergson, Lecomte du Nouy, Bertrand Russell, Carl Sagan,
Richard Dawkins, Stephen Jay Gould, etc. How many of these authors have you

read, Dick?

Your bulbous nose example is ridiculous. The contested part of Darwinism is

not about bulbous noses. The contested part of Darwinism -- and by the way,

I've read Darwin's *Origin of Species* from cover to cover (have you?) -- is

about whole new body plans arising gradualistically, with each intermediate
stage being functional. Clearly you have not read the scientific literature

which challenges the likelihood of this. I think you ought to, before you
speak glibly about the alleged powers of mutation and natural selection. If

I may recommend six books by people with Ph.D.s in relevant areas of
science, I suggest Behe's two books, Denton's two books, Dembski's *No Free
Lunch*, and Dembski and Wells's *The Design of Life*. I have read all of
these from cover to cover, in some cases taking extensive notes as I read.
I would also recommend the articles of David Berlinski on evolution,
published in the journal *Commentary*, and his books touching on the

As for your implied charge of stubbornness on my part, let me say that I am
willing to learn from anyone here who can teach me anything at all about
theology or science. I've learned from Ted Davis about the theology of
Boyle, for example, and I hope to learn something from Mike Gene about
design theory in biology and from Gregory Arago about the philosophical
foundations of social science and from George Murphy about Lutheran theology

and from other people about things in their areas of expertise. I also hope

to learn something about the mechanisms of evolution. For starters, I would

like you to teach me the detailed genetic pathways by which the camera eye,
the cardiovascular system, the fin-to-foot transition, winged flight in
birds, the human brain, the nostril-to-blowhole transition, the gill-to-lung

transition, etc. were achieved, or even could have been achieved. I would
also like to know how the first living cell arose from non-living matter
without intelligent intervention. When I have learned any of these things
from you, or from anyone else here, I will gladly admit the awesome creative

powers of chance combinations of atoms, random mutations, and natural

Since you have been "engaged in these discussions for quite some time now",
perhaps you have some scientific publications in this area which you could
direct me to. Perhaps you have written a book providing the details of the
evolution of the camera eye? Or perhaps one of your scientific colleagues
on this list has done so?


----- Original Message -----
From: "Dick Fischer" < <>>
To: "'Cameron Wybrow'" < <>>
Cc: "ASA" < <>>
Sent: Sunday, April 26, 2009 2:58 PM
Subject: RE: [asa] ID/Miracles/Design (Behe vs. Behe)


Please drop the "chance" rhetoric. Evolution comes about through random
genetic mutations and natural selection which is not chance at all.

A nucleotide substitution might result in a person with a large and bulbous
nose, for example. A person sporting such a protrusion might find it
difficult to attract a help mate. That person might remain single and pass
from life's scene leaving no bulbous-nosed progeny - natural selection at
work. But those prospective mates made rational choices based on upon a
physical appearance they found objectionable. The same holds true for other
physical characteristics that may be appealing or unappealing.

So if we wish to make progress in these discussions, show some ability to
learn from those of us who have been engaged in these discussions for quite
some time now. You are trying to set up a false dichotomy and win debating
points. Most of us, on the other hand, may be knowledgeable in this area,
but still earnestly seek better, more refined answers.

Dick Fischer, author, lecturer
Historical Genesis from Adam to Abraham

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